I Feel Guilty My Parents Are Jailed Because Of Me – Sonia Ekweremadu
Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has stated that she feels guilty about her parent’s conviction.
Her parents, Ike, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, were convicted of conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation – namely organ harvesting, at the Old Bailey, London.
At the sentencing on Friday, her father was sentenced to nine years and eight months imprisonment while her mother was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment. The medical middleman, Doctor Obinna Obeta, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
An investigation into the organ harvesting case began when a 21-year-old street trader they lured from Lagos, Nigeria, to London to provide a kidney for their sick daughter, Sonia, walked into Staines Police Station in June 2022, stating he didn’t know where he was.
In an interview with BBC, before the Court sentences were given, Sonia said: “I don’t think it will ever be the same. I feel guilty because I feel like this happened because of me.”
Sonia, who revealed that she had a condition called Nephrotic Syndrome, maintained that she was not involved in finding the man (victim) as her family handled everything about her medical condition.
According to her, she understands the conviction but disagrees with it.
“I understand the conviction. Personally, I disagree with it. However, that is from a very biased perspective as their daughter. I will also always back my parents. However, the law has taken its course and we have to move forward as a family.”
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